5 August 2020
The mental health of nearly two thirds of women working in football has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis according to a joint survey with Women in Football and Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS).
The findings of the first survey in a series of four, also found that more than three quarters of our members reported differences in how male colleagues have been treated during the pandemic.
The research is capturing the opinions of women working in football and helping to assess whether equality and inclusion in the industry has been affected in the wake of the pandemic.
Early indications are that this is very much the case.
"We saw just a few days ago how the power of football can be used positively with initiatives such as the fantastic #HeadsUp campaign," said Women in Football CEO Jane Purdon.
"To see people in the industry use their platform to start important conversations about mental health is vital. But football organisations must also check in on their staff too, because their mental health is suffering.
"English football could not exist without women - it makes sense to listen, learn and act."
Apart from mental health issues, some of the other key findings in the report are as follows:
Almost a third of women said that their pay had decreased during the pandemic despite the fact that more people had seen their workload increase rather than decrease.
And in one organisation where women made up less than 15 per cent of the workforce, almost 40 per cent of those staff made redundant were women, a disproportionate figure representing around a third of all the staff cuts.
To read more about the survey findings, Jeremy Wilson's article can be found in full in the Telegraph here.
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